My sister-in-law lost her only brother in an accident at his job about a year and a half ago. He was the only male sibling and his loss has been greatly felt by his family and all who knew him. He loved the farm life, especially riding horses and tractors. I wanted to do something for my sister-in-law to perhaps bring her some comfort and decided to make her a framed quilt block. I talked with his wife and told her what I wanted to do and asked if she had any extra clothes of his that she might be able to part with. She brought me a pair of his jeans and a tee shirt. Since he loved the farm life, I thought about Hole in the Barn Door block but after some thought decided on a simple star, I think it is sawtooth star. Since denim is really heavy and tees are really light, I worried about how this would go together, but it truly went together as well as any I have ever sewn. I did use a fusible stabilizer on the back of the tee to keep it from stretching. I gave my sister-in-law the block today and she really loves it and was very moved.
On a brighter note, my husband hung two bird feeders outside my office window. I have kept my camera ready on my desk and managed to catch a few shots. The quality is not the best because I took the pictures through the glass and screen of my window and had to be really sneaky and slow so the birds would not fly off.